Definition of technology in US English:



  • 1The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.

    ‘advances in computer technology’
    ‘recycling technologies’
    • ‘The story of the transformation in physical technologies comes in two quite distinct stages.’
    • ‘The lead times for developing new technologies in the nuclear industry are very long.’
    • ‘It will need better burning technologies, cleaner traffic and more sustainable energy.’
    • ‘What are the latest technologies that are ready for sale or which you are already selling?’
    • ‘The human response to these technologies was a myriad of attempts to capitalize on them for good and for profit.’
    • ‘Shell is investing in renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind power and wave power.’
    • ‘How do we use technologies to extend ourselves rather than avoid ourselves?’
    • ‘How do we define and protect public values when we are only just beginning to see mass public use of these technologies?’
    • ‘These new technologies can be useful, if we apply them to practical problems.’
    • ‘He also looked at how our expectations of what the new technologies would do for our lives had been frustrated.’
    • ‘New technologies in medicine are crucial and will have an enormous impact.’
    • ‘Thirdly, there is a need for serious investment in research into new energy technologies.’
    • ‘The first has led to nuclear technologies, while the second has opened the way to biotechnology.’
    • ‘In so doing the technologies had to be designed and adapted for the different settings.’
    • ‘However, the realities of these technologies have lagged behind the promises.’
    • ‘As with all new technologies, costs are expected to fall as the products become more ubiquitous.’
    • ‘This creates the incentives for people to shift to cleaner technologies and fuels.’
    • ‘The momentum of this present economy derives from the speed of its underpinning technologies.’
    • ‘This is not propitious for making the most of our exciting new technologies.’
    • ‘Together, these technologies are set to revolutionise the way we watch and record television.’
    1. 1.1 Machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge.
      • ‘If this technology is being developed, then just who is funding these operations.’
      • ‘Our technology doesn't give developers a fix for problems but it does speed root cause analysis.’
      • ‘Many of the stores say that limiting fraud is their main goal with the new technology.’
      • ‘This is precisely what new technology has allowed the developed world to do.’
      • ‘In the modern world, wars are won by the side with the most money and the best technology.’
      • ‘It has developed technology to determine whether or not someone is lying by listening to their voice.’
      • ‘People often have the technology at their disposal, maybe even without realising it.’
      • ‘The equipment used then seems primitive compared to the technology at his disposal now.’
      • ‘This is a newly developed technology so the parameters remain to be explored.’
      • ‘In my previous job, I developed a series of experiments using mobile technology.’
      • ‘And who do we trust with both the development of that technology and the means to deploy it?’
      • ‘The cutting edge technology has been developed by the force's Scientific Support Unit.’
      • ‘The technology was developed in Austria and it proved to be a big hit in the Viennese capital.’
      • ‘The Royal Navy was closely involved in the early development of wireless technology.’
      • ‘The question of the success or failure of any given technology is never actually a matter of machines alone.’
      equipment, apparatus, hardware, plant, mechanism, gear, tackle, instruments, tools, gadgetry
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    2. 1.2 The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
      • ‘Members of the public will often express caution about the advantages of new science and technology.’
      • ‘It is also hoped that such access will encourage an interest in science and technology.’
      • ‘It will also set targets for raising skills and qualifications in science and technology.’
      • ‘The rapid development of technology has been likened to the coming of the railways for opening up the world.’
      • ‘We want to control any risk there might be while still getting the benefits of science and technology.’
      • ‘Science and technology has been responsible for large numbers of new blends.’
      • ‘Experts from the field of science and technology as well as listeners were asked for their nominations.’
      • ‘This show aims to broaden our appreciation of the artist's work in the fields of science and technology.’
      • ‘In fact, however, historians of technology and engineering usually reject this view.’
      • ‘Ensure that art, design and technology are developed so pupils can do well in these subjects.’
      • ‘Its use should not be limited to courses in the history of science or technology.’
      • ‘These are just a few of the things historians do when they study the past of science, technology and medicine.’
      • ‘One of the results is an increasing awareness of the difference between science and technology.’
      • ‘Humanity faces a global crisis in the governance of knowledge, technology and culture.’
      • ‘Europe is facing a crisis in science and technology according to two new reports.’
      • ‘How can we use science and technology to help create the world that we want to live in?’
      • ‘A shorthand view might have it that technology is extrinsic and science intrinsic to the food we eat.’
      • ‘The government has set out its plans to use science and technology to tackle crime and terrorism.’
      • ‘It shows that in the field of architecture, technology and engineering are shaping the future.’
      • ‘The money will be spent over the next four years on technology, science and mathematics.’


Early 17th century: from Greek tekhnologia ‘systematic treatment’, from tekhnē ‘art, craft’ + -logia (see -logy).